Kalagni, Kālāgni, Kala-agni: 14 definitions
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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
Kālāgni (कालाग्नि) is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 2, dealing with jvara: fever). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). However, as an ayurveda treatment, it should be taken twith caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.
Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., kālāgni-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)
Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.
Shilpashastra (iconography)Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra
Kālāgni (कालाग्नि) is a Sanskrit name referring to one of the eight manifestations of Bhīṣaṇa and Saṃhāra, both forms of Bhairava. According to the Rudrayāmala, there are eight main forms of Bhairava who control the eight directions of this universe. Each form (e.g., Bhīṣaṇa and Saṃhāra) has a further eight sub-manifestations (e.g., Kālāgni), thus resulting in a total of 64 Bhairavas.
When depicting Kālāgni according to traditional iconographic rules (śilpaśāstra), one should depcit him (and other forms of Bhīṣaṇa) having a yellow color and should carry in his hands the kuṇḍa, the kheṭaka, the parigha (a kind of club) and bhiṇḍipāla. When depicting Kālāgni as a form of Saṃhāra, one should depict him having a color resembling lightning; he should carry in his hands the kuṇḍa, the kheṭaka, the parigha (a kind of club) and bhiṇḍipāla.
Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
1) Kālāgni (कालाग्नि) is the name of a deity corresponding to a “Rudraksha with five faces” (Pañcavaktra), according to the Śivapurāṇa 1.25, while explaining the greatness of Rudrākṣa:—“[...] a Rudrākṣa with five faces (pañcavaktra) is Rudra Himself. Its name is Kālāgni. It is lordly. It bestows all sorts of salvation and achievement of all desired objects. A five-faced Rudrākṣa dispels all sorts of sins such as accrue from sexual intercourse with a forbidden woman and from eating forbidden food”.
2) Kālāgni (कालाग्नि) refers to the “fire of the god of death”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.39.—Accordingly, as Dadhīca said to Viṣṇu:—“[...] taking a fistful of Kuśa grass and remembering Śiva, Dadhīca of adamantine bones and self-control discharged it against all the Gods. O sage, thanks to the power of Śiva, the fistful Kuśa grass of the sage became the divine trident equal in potentiality to the fire of the god of death (i.e., kālāgni). That trident of Śaiva nature blazing around with the lustre exceeding the fire at the close of the Yugas wanted to burn the armed Gods”.Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study
Kālāgni (कालाग्नि) refers to the burning fire appearing at the time of Naimittika (“dissolution at the end of the kalpa”), according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—When the beings are burnt by the fire of the Sun’s rays, it becomes one Fire united with the effulgence of Rudra. That Fire consumes the earth (pṛthivī), the sky (divaloka) and the nether region (pātāla). The flames of this Fire rises above hundred yojanas. By the effulgence of that kālāgni, Saṃvartakāgni burns also the Yakṣas, Rakṣas and Uragas. The universe at that time appears to be a red-hot iron sphere. Further the terrible cloud arises accompanied by lightning. The terrific cloud roars loudly and rains excessively and continuously. That kālāgni gets extinguished and everywhere there is only water and nothing else. [...]
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram
1) Kālāgni (कालाग्नि) refers to the “fire of time”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “Thus, Vyāsa, greatly pained, committed an astonishing suicide (kāla). Having kindled the Fire of Time [i.e., kālāgni] and having recollected the energy of Vaiṣṇavī, he was burnt by the fire of divine Yoga (and so) there was no Vyāsa and no Śaṃkara and, O Maheśvara, Nature was burnt to ashes by Māyā”.
2) Kālāgnirudra (कालाग्निरुद्र) [or Kālāgnirudra] refers to the “fire of time”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—Accordingly, “[...] (3) Above that, having abandoned [i.e., tyaktvā] Kuṇḍalī, one should think of the (Wheel) Full of Gems (maṇipūraka) (in the navel). It is a mass of radiant energy, like the Fire of Time [i.e., [i.e., kālāgni-rudra]]. There, in the middle, one should place the excellent and auspicious Void of (all) four colours that manifests according to the nature (of each entity). [...] (Perfect) contemplation (samādhi) is with (these) sixteen aspects and is (attained) within the form of the sixfold deposition (ṣoḍhānyāsa). He who knows this is (a veritable) Lord of Yogis, the others (who do not) are (just) quoting from books. Once attained the plane that is Void and Non-void, the yogi is freed from bondage”.
Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: Hindupedia: The Hindu Encyclopedia
In the works on Śaivasiddhānta, kālāgni represents one of the regions of the earth-element.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra
Kālāgni (कालाग्नि) is the name of a Vidyādhara from Kiṣkindhanagara, according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.1 [origin of the rākṣasavaṃśa and vānaravaṃśa] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.
Accordingly:—“[...] He (Indra) established four Dikpālas, seven armies and generals, three assemblies, the thunderbolt as his weapon, his elephant as Airāvaṇa, his courtesans as Rambhā, etc., his minister as Bṛhaspati, and the leader of his infantry with the same name as Naigameṣin. [...] Mākaradhvaji, sprung from the womb of Ādityakirti, lord of Jyotiṣpura, became Soma, the regent of the east. The son of Varuṇā and Megharatha, a Vidyādhara, lord of Meghapura, became Varuṇa, the regent of the west. The son of Sūra and Kanakāvali, lord of Kāñcanapura, was called Kubera, the regent of the north. The son of Kālāgni and Śrīprabhā, lord of Kiṣkindhanagara, became Yama, regent of the south.[...]”.
Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) the destructive fire at the end of the world.
2) an epithet of Rudra. -3. a kind of bead (rudrākṣa).
Derivable forms: kālāgniḥ (कालाग्निः).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-gniḥ) The fire that is to destroy the world. E. kāla, and agni fire.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Kālāgni (कालाग्नि):—[from kāla] m. the fire that is to destroy the world, conflagration at the end of timeSource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Kālāgni (कालाग्नि):—[kālā+gni] (gniḥ) 2. m. Final conflagration, burning of the world.
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
Kannada-English dictionarySource: Alar: Kannada-English corpus
1) [noun] the mythological fire that destroys the universe.
2) [noun] (fig.) a large, destructive fire.
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Kāḷāgni (ಕಾಳಾಗ್ನಿ):—[noun] the all-devastating fire that ends the existence of the universe.
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Full-text (+6): Kalanala, Kalagnirudra, Kalagnirudratirtha, Kalagnirudropanishad, Kalagnibhairava, Brihajjabalopanishad, Sri Narayanasrami, Tandava, Samvartakagni, Bhishana, Samhara, Naimittika, Shriprabha, Jyotishpura, Kishkindhanagara, Makaradhvaji, Shivaratha, Pancavaktra, Prakrita, Kundalini.
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Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 4: Iatrochemistry (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Garga Samhita (English) (by Danavir Goswami)
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 28 - The glory of Bhasma < [Section 7.1 - Vāyavīya-saṃhitā (1)]
Chapter 22 - The greatness of Viśveśvara, the arrival of Rudra at Kāśī < [Section 4 - Koṭirudra-Saṃhitā]
Chapter 2 - The glory of lord Śiva < [Section 7.2 - Vāyavīya-saṃhitā (2)]
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 8 - The Glory of Someśvara (Soma-īśvara) < [Section 1 - Prabhāsa-kṣetra-māhātmya]
Chapter 18 - Glorification of Narmadā < [Section 3 - Revā-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 9 - The Garland of Skulls and Tattvas < [Section 1 - Prabhāsa-kṣetra-māhātmya]
Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
Verse 3.2.34 < [Part 2 - Affection and Service (dāsya-rasa)]
Verse 2.1.79 < [Part 1 - Ecstatic Excitants (vibhāva)]
Cidgaganacandrika (study) (by S. Mahalakshmi)
Verse 280 [Śakti’s brilliance dissipates the cosmic group] < [Chapter 4 - Fourth Vimarśa]
Verse 245 [Yamakāli] < [Chapter 4 - Fourth Vimarśa]